Access to health records
Under the UK General Data Protection Regulation which now applies along with the Data Protection Act 2018, individuals have the right to access their personal data and therefore their own health records.
Access to Deceased Records, by personal representatives and others with a claim arising from a patient’s death, are dealt with under separate legislation – the Access to Health Records Act (1990) AHRA Schedule 18 of the Data Protection Bill includes minor changes that remove the right to also charge for the provision of deceased health records.
The GDPR maintains further rights for a data subject to apply to rectify, block, erase or destroy personal data which is inaccurate as to matters of fact. This also applies to any opinions which are based on inaccurate factual information.
All requests for access or amendments to health records, hospital and community,
are processed by the Subject Access Team located at Tameside Hospital
There must be enough information in the request to identify the applicant and to locate the relevant information, and the Trust can make a Subject Access Form available to assist the requestor with providing this information, however the use of the form is not compulsory. If the Trust cannot be sure that someone requesting access to information is who they say, or has appropriate consent to have access to the information, the Trust will require the requestor to provide evidence of their right of access before a request is processed.
For more information around access to health records please refer to this page.
Requests for access to health records (Subject Access Requests) can be submitted via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to:
Subject Access Department
Ashton Under Lyne
If you have any queries or would like further information about your rights of access
to health records please contact the Subject Access Team on 0161 922 6764, 0161 922 5019, 0161 922 6644 or 0161 922 5306.